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This in a nutshell is what defines stickiness. It can be defined further as the amount of time first time visitors spend and how often they return to the same website per month. It can also be measured in terms of the number of pages the visitors view (Bruce, 1999).
It is common that if a visitor to a website does not get what they are looking for they are most likely to sign off. To avoid this and encourage stickiness, the websites have to meet the following outlines. The website must be informative and thus the web managers must think of the possible questions the customers may have and put up their explanations in their website.
The website should also be easily readable. Ample spacing should be used, reader friendly fonts employed, the layout should be one easily and seamlessly flowing from one part to the next
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creative thinking are important tools that can help a person in both their professional and their personal lives. As Pascal said, "We are but thinking reeds, but because we know, we are superior to the universe. Thought constitutes our greatness" (as cited in Kirby, Goodpaster & Levine, 1999, p. xix). This paper will discuss some of the facets of this important topic.
As there have been several definitions of the term "critical thinking" these definitions will be compared and contrasted. In addition, an evaluation of ways in which critical thinking relates to cognitive development, logic and emotionality will be given. The role of cognitive dissonance and how it plays in fostering critical thought will be analyzed, and the validity of arguments will be evaluated, as will fallacious logic and reasoning.
egarding creative thinking, the role that metaphors play in this process will be explained and the creative process will be…… [Read More]
This can be achieved through brainstorming. Starbursting can help to identify customer needs in the marketplace, again helping with new product development.
Logical thinking is used to help solve problems in the workplace. For example, if FedEx loses money for the year, management must try to use inductive reasoning to understand how this observation came to pass. Management would consider what key variables it may wish to study, such as revenues or jet fuel costs. In a deductive manner, FedEx could observe that the economy is expected to recover in 2010 and from this premise build a conclusion with respect to how many new employees they will need to add in order to meet the added demand that will come to their business.
In the workplace, scientific thinking can be used to determine the source of problems. If a product is selling poorly, the company can change the price points…… [Read More]
Edward De Bono's Creative Thinking Hats
Throughout the course of human history one unique aspect of the human brain has allowed our species to survive and thrive on an unprecedented scale: the creative faculty. The power of original invention, the artistic spirit and the astounding ability of man to claim supremacy over the natural world are all functions of the brain's propensity to create. While decades of rigorous scientific study of the brain's chemical composition and neural pathways has resulted in a greater understanding of the cognitive, behavioral and learning processes, research regarding the origin of creativity and the creative process itself has lagged behind. One of the world's foremost authorities on the topic of creative thinking is Edward de Bono, a physician, inventor and author who coined the phrase "thinking hats" to describe his own theories describing the creative process. This novel contribution to creativity research gave rise to…… [Read More]
I cannot even imagine what will evolve in the next few decades, but I know that the advances will be awesome. I hope that we use them to make our lives better and to be more creative, and I hope we do not allow them to take over even more of our lives and draw us apart from each other. I think that technology like the Wii and other games have helped bring some families closer together, and I would like that trend to continue. We rely on technology for our jobs, and I am sure that will improve in the future, but I would like to see it make families and people closer, rather than isolating them like computer use can do today. I hope that technology does not become so advanced that we forget how to relate to each other in person, because that is an important part…… [Read More]
Affective creativity may be argued as a primary tool in the resolution of interpersonal issues, more important than cognitive creativity, or cognitive learning. To consider how and why this is, the concept of affective creativity will be considered, and its role in resolving interpersonal issues discussed.
Different forms of creativity exist, frequently divided into two types of creativity. The first is associated with the technology things, resulting in outputs such as inventions, new scientific theories, and works of art (Sarnoff & Cole, 1983). The second type of creativity is the generation of new responses to daily challenges, essential for personal growth (Sarnoff & Cole, 1983. Vargiu (1973), categorises these as cognitive creativity and affected creativity. The cognitive creativity elements include the basic knowledge required for creativity, as well as specific knowledge in relevant fields, combined with the open-mindedness. The affective elements are intangible, and include aspects such as curiosity, humour,…… [Read More]
Creative thinkers lead the way in nearly every field because they are willing to take intellectual risks, according to Kanar and Hopper. Risk-taking involves a leap of faith and even a willingness to fail. The creative thinker has an insatiable hunger for knowledge and understanding, and "does not take no for an answer," (Kanar and Hopper 51). However, creativity alone is insufficient for developing the type of mind that excels in fields like science and technology. Critical thinking is also crucial, because it provides the toolbox for analysis, learning, and intelligent comprehension. Ideally, analysis and invention combine in the dynamic individual.
According to Bloom's Taxonomy, there are six levels of learning including knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These six levels of learning suggest that there are multiple approaches to solving a problem. A creative thinker knows that if one angle of thinking is not yielding results, that another…… [Read More]
Creative Problem Solving
The human condition appears to be creative in nature. Porter (2010) suggested that "ideas appear to arise by chance only when people are actually looking for them. It does not happen to people who are not curious or inquiring or who are not engaged in a hard search for opportunities, possibilities, answers or inventions, " (p.5). The purpose of this paper is to explain a created problem using the Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS). Specifically, this paper will focus on refining the solutions that were presented in an earlier essay.
Within a particular college class room, some of the students regularly come late to the class and left early. These same students also took extended long breaks and were absent from class most of the time. This was not acceptable by the students who always arrived on time and left at the end of the…… [Read More]
The first of the four styles of creative intelligence is intuition. Intuition focuses on results and relies greatly on the past experience of the individual or organization in order to guide future decisions that are made. Educators always give consideration to the importance of the past since it is a common belief that mistakes can be avoided simply by taking into consideration the history of the action. From the perspective of the business, every business organization needs to take into account the different patterns that arise and to exercise caution at all times. Through strategic planning, the organization will be able to prepare for all scenarios by forecasting any possible outcomes owe, 2004.
Some of the largest mistakes that are made are as a result of dependence on past results, but so are the biggest successes.
For those individuals who possess the ability to use their own…… [Read More]
In basic terms, an individual's creative intelligence can be brought out using four primary styles. These styles include inspiration, innovation, imagination and intuition. In this text, I discuss the four styles of creative intelligence. In so doing, I bring out their key similarities and differences and look at how they impact on organizational decision making. Further, I highlight how mindsets and mental modes are influenced by the five forces while giving examples of how the decision making process might be limited by mental models and mindsets. Lastly, I discuss the most frequently used mindsets and mental modes which would ideally guide and influence the decisions I make at the workplace.
According to Weiten (2010), "creative intelligence involves the ability to generate new ideas and to be inventive in dealing with novel problems." When it comes to intuition, owe (2004) is of the opinion that the same mainly…… [Read More]
How long has this been going on?
Johnny: Now Vena, nothing's going on. Rochelle just happened to be with me when I went in to Safeway's.
Vena: (voice rising) "Happened" to be with you? It hasn't even been a full year, and already you've moved on to my family members. Is this what you meant by when you said you wanted to see other people? My family? Who's next, my mom!
Johnny: Please, Vena, don't start again. Remember, this is the whole reason why we broke up in the first place. I was going to be graduating, we wouldn't be able to spend as much time together, and you knew you would get jealous.
Vena: But with my cousin? And in my hometown? Didn't you care about me at all; didn't I mean anything to you?
Johnny: (soothingly): Really, I think you're jumping to conclusions. Rochelle wasn't hanging all over…… [Read More]
Lisa finds it hard to meet other kids her age who are like her. Most of her peers "do not care about school" and don't understand anything about the issues she cares about such as environmentalism and Tibet. Lisa worries excessively about external, global events such as global warming and wars in Africa. Many of the people she refers to as "friends" are much older than she is, although she admits most of them are mentors.
A person with generalized anxiety disorder finds it difficult to control worry. Lisa has been unable to control her worry successfully via Buddhist meditation or tai chi. She writes regularly in a journal and claims that this does help but not enough. Although she finds temporary relief in music and schoolwork, her feelings of worry and anxiety creep back into her consciousness as soon as she is doing something else. She experiences the most…… [Read More]
Full creativity allows the production of greater wealth, for a stronger and more evolved society.
Further in defense of the moral systems or perceived lack thereof in terms of newly created wealth, D'Souza asserts that most wealth currently created is the result of personal effort, rather than means such as inheritance. The wealth can then indeed be seen as the reward for effort, rather than wealth as a result of luck in its pure sense. Morality's role should then not be concerned so much with justifying the accumulated wealth, but rather with using it wisely for the benefit of humanity, creativity, freedom and evolution.
Another characteristic of freedom, as seen above, is the recognition of new and revolutionary ideas, and implementing those when they are superior to the old. In terms of economy this is as true as in terms of morals. Those in power for example refuse to accept…… [Read More]
There are many instances of art acting as a means of enabling people back to health. This healing aspect of creativity is, I believe, due to the fact that we are liberated from the restrictions of the world in the process of creativity and because artworks are in a sense the residue of the experience of spiritual and expanded consciousness.
There are numerous clinical studies which show the effective of art therapy. For example, a number or art therapists have studied the affect of art therapy on people who have experienced loss. "Art therapists consistently observe the power and potential of art to help identify, cope with, and heal the pain experienced during the grief process..." (Hill, M.A.)
However, the healing process in creativity can best be explained by the deeper meaning of spontaneity.
Nachmanovitch asks the important question: "How does one learn improvisation?" The answer to this question is…… [Read More]
Creative Business Thinking
Key Activities: There are two key activities in the microbrewery business. These are making beer and selling beer. The two are distinct processes, and are only loosely related. The beermaking process is fairly simple, and there are only so many ways to reinvent that wheel. So the key success factor with that activity is to brew beer that has no technical flaws, but also that has a character that appeals to the modern beer drinker. This means building a portfolio with a mix more lighter, more approachable beers and more full-flavored beers that appeal to beer geeks, like the sour program highlighted in on the Kickstarter site.
The second key activity is marketing. Beer distribution is a challenging business. Laws differ from state to state but there is often a third party involved, the distributor. Even with a distributor, microbreweries need to find ways to generate publicity…… [Read More]
The men of Mortheal started to march down the battlefield. The Territorial Army of King Oreck followed with stable weapons. The army's march soon turned into a slow jog, and then to a run. The spear-bearers led the way with spears held lightly in their hands as they prepared to hurl them into the approaching horde.
The armies were not far from each other now. Orcen armies had been attacking in groups for the last two fortnights, and had suffered many casualties but that did not seem to lessen their numbers any as they streamed forth across the field with no end in sight. Mortheal's army was now running forward as fast as possible while still maintaining their balance. The spear-bearers launched their weapons, desiccating the Orcen front line.
Mortheal himself was one of the first to enter the fray after the spear-bearers had accomplished their task. An axe came…… [Read More]
Critical Thinking Styles and Forces of Influence
Any choice or decision that a manager makes influences the organization's performance. It is one of an employee's job responsibilities to make decisions that are in favor of the organization. If the decision taken serves any personal interest of one person or a few people then it is bound to prove harmful for the organization. Therefore such decisions can bring devastating results for the entire company. However it cannot be ignored that any decision made by an employee is influenced by a number of factors since decisions are not made in a vacuum. These factors include the different thinking patterns that are employed by a person in making a choice and the various forces of influences that act upon him and determine the choice he is going to make.
Critical Thinking Patterns
One of the most important factor that determines the choice or…… [Read More]
Critical Thinking in Nursing Education
For far too long nursing has been seen as a profession that requires compassion along with obedience to the orders of doctors who were traditionally considered to be the "real" medical professionals. Nurses were until recently inside and outside of the profession seen as sort of helpmeets to the doctors, a form of junior wife to the male doctor. Of course nurses were always more than this, but it has become true only relatively recently that the medical profession as a whole has begun to acknowledge that critical thinking is as important for nurses as it is for doctors and other medical professionals.
This paper examines the ways in which the teaching of critical thinking can be incorporated more fully (and more deeply) into the teaching curricula and praxis of nursing. Focusing on the importance of critical thinking from the first day that nursing students…… [Read More]
The problem in having a firm grasp of critical thought is that it can be clouded by many different distractions and affected by variables outside of controllable circumstances. One of these factors is cognitive development. It is evident that cognitive development as a strong overall impact on the development of critical thinking. Genetics plays a strong role within cognitive development, as individuals are all born with differing genetic levels of comprehension and thus some people will have better critical thinking abilities purely based on their genes. The circumstances that an individual grows up in also have a profound effect on their critical thinking abilities and process. This is because as an individual grows up they can form differing opinions and stigmas that are taught both explicitly and implicitly through cultural doctrine, social convention, as well as education in both informal settings such as at home as well as formal settings…… [Read More]
They must never become complacent and assume that they have considered all factors and can now relax, or they can slip into the "boiling frog" phenomenon: circumstances may turn so gradually negative that they do not notice the changes until they have large problems instead of small ones to solve (Beckford, 2002).
Just as the example of the soldiers at the bridge faced with a battle situation for which they had no previous experience, business leaders must expect the unexpected. If they create a culture of lifelong learning within their businesses, their staff and employees will always be open to looking at old facts in new ways, ready to find forward-thinking solutions. uch a company philosophy and structure can keep even the oldest company packed with fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the new problems they face.
Barker, Randolph T., and Camarata, Martin R. 1998. "The Role…… [Read More]
Marketing Plan can be defined as a written plan or document that refers to the particular organizations adaptation of a particular marketing strategy. It can also be defined as the written plan of a company that underlines the various marketing activities that the company would undertake in the following months or weeks. A marketing plan must include general information like for example, the particular service or product that is being offered by the organization, the pricing of the product or service, the target market, that in other words means the market in which the product or service is being proposed to be sold, and important information about the different competitors who offer similar products and services, and the marketing budget, that is the amount of money or finances that has been earmarked for the purpose of this particular marketing plan.
The success of a well-planned and well-executed marketing plan depends…… [Read More]
Letter to the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071
Enhancing the American education system to increase the higher order thinking ability of learners for a better opportunity to achieve future success in the workforce
Through your renowned newspaper, it is an honor to express our views on enhancing the American education system to increase the higher order thinking ability of learners.
The writer has worked in a training capacity for a major corporation in the north for five years and with the University of Harvard for four years. The writer has spent four years volunteering at the local community center working with both secondary and postsecondary children. The writer's role at the Harvard University was as program coordinator for a special committee working with the local communities, universities, and school districts in developing a community of higher order thinkers that can contribute to…… [Read More]
have to go soon to the nutritionist. feel really sick and tired. know it sounds cliche but really don't feel good anymore. used to just get such a high feeling when binged and purged you know? But also know need help. Do you know embarrassing it is to have to go up to one of the receptionists, tell them my name, and the reason for my visit? especially hate when they have to take my blood pressure and weigh me.
My blood pressure is always high because take stimulants. 'll go crazy if see the scale go past 105 lbs. My goal is to be under 103 lbs. 'm so close. Maybe shouldn't tell them about the jars. Those jars are the only thing that keep me sane. They hide my secret. Should even let them know? They'll just look at me like 'm a burning ant under…… [Read More]
thinking is multi-faceted. As president and founder of Compass, a real estate company in Italy, my approach needed to be multi-demensional in nature. For one, Italy has high debt burdens which are often financed through governments and large corporations. Starting a real estate company therefore was challenging as I had to analyze the potential market in a manner that was unconventional. In many areas, particularly in the United States, commercial real estate is often driven by consumer demand. In Italy however, the exact opposite it true. Through my analytical ability, I was able to successfully navigate through nearly 5 years of recession like macroeconomic cycles. In addition, I was able to deliver profits that exceed nearly 60% of my peers in the industry.
Prior to my experience in Italian real estate, I accepted a role as a consultant at AB Studio Inc. This position, much like the real estate position…… [Read More]
creative writer I am, where I'm from and what my parents did and all of that derivative kind of carp. I'm a bad creative writer. I write like Dan Brown. Which would be fine if I got paid like Dan Brown. Instead, I rip off opening lines from popular novels and misspell words that my spellchecker doesn't catch.
My editor wouldn't mind so much -- she's always said that there are no original ideas left anyway -- if I could put together a coherent sentence or two. I went to Santa Fe for inspiration and found nothing but Christmas-drenched enchiladas. And I love non-sequiturs, but not the good kind that make you think, just the bad kind that makes me sound scatteredbrained. No, my editor wouldn't mind me being a bad creative writer if all I had was yesterday's ideas and typos: I don't have any good stories either. My…… [Read More]
On the other hand, a new business plan should not be so unrealistic as to fail to take note of existing market conditions and real economic pressures. The balance of personalities of team members, between the more practical and introverted, to the more feeling and extroverted individuals gave our team an excellent personality blend of boldness and caution. There was methodological weight behind the market research we conducted, yet there was also innovative thinking in terms of how the product was structured.
Another great strength of our team was the balance of people who enjoyed beginning new projects, and people who enjoyed bringing tasks to completion. One problem with creative idea-generating techniques such as laddering and SWOT is that so many ideas and potential innovations and obstacles can be generated that idea sessions spiral out of control and there is no grounding in reality and no sense of refining the…… [Read More]
Although not a huge market segment perhaps, horse lovers (most of whom are women) might even be offended by the unflattering depiction of the tiny horses. The idea that a young woman would prefer a cute cell phone rather than a pet as a present also seems to portray young women as shallow. Although it is not a scientific sampling, the notes on the comments page of YouTube for the advertisement included many notes by users (presumably young women, the targets of the advertisement) that they would trade their phone for a pony any day! (an equally unscientific poll of young women by the author of this paper yielded the same results).
The message of an advertisement for a cell phone should convey either the phone's added social value aesthetically or the phone's added financial or service value. This advertisement does neither.
Is the creative approach appropriate for the media…… [Read More]
creativity be taught?
hen attempting to answer the question of whether creativity can be taught, first we must define what is meant by creativity. Examples of creativity which come to mind include Michelangelo 'liberating' David from a block of stone; Einstein developing his theory of relativity; and Shakespeare writing his famous plays. However, these actions did not simply come from nothing, like a bolt of lightning from the sky. Michelangelo studied art for years; Einstein needed to learn the basics of the scientific method; Shakespeare was an actor as well as a writer and based many of his plays upon previous works of literature. Although all of these examples of creativity feature originality, they also highlight the degree to which creativity involves mastering a set of skills that have been developed by others, albeit using them in new ways.
To me, this is the answer of whether creativity can be…… [Read More]
Incredibly, it was "The Wind and the Lion" that started me realizing this.
There is a scene in this film in which President Theodore Roosevelt (played by Brian Keith) is at a shooting range with his children and the Secretary of State. Between firing rounds, Roosevelt takes time to clean his gun and have a conversation with his daughter about respecting one's enemies. It is a very quiet and strong moment...a powerful one.
Elsewhere, the Raisuli (Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli the Magnificent, played by Sean Connery), is telling a story around a campfire about his imprisonment by his kinsman. The firelight plays on everyone's faces as they sit enraptured around the Raisuli. They are eating lamb or goat under the stars, and it is just a perfect moment.
The Wind and the Lion" is absolutely full of perfect moments. Roosevelt hunting bear in Yosemite, the Raisuli's conversation with Mrs. Pedecaris…… [Read More]
concrete sequential thinking are crucial for survival in the current challenging world. The primary reason people need to nurture abstract, critical, and concrete sequential is that these abilities are beneficial for educational, personal, and economic growth. This essay examines abstract, critical, and concrete sequential thinking styles and gives examples of each thinking style because they are crucial in my daily life.
Today, critical thinking style is a vital and important topic in modern educations. Educators have tailored the curriculum to the needs of the current era because it has become a tool used to learn how to survive. Therefore, I became interested in learning to think critically. As a critical thinker, I always use my cognitive strategies and skills to increase the chances of a desirable outcome. This kind of thinking is involved in problem solving, calculating possibilities, and decision-making. As the thinker, when I am making use of this…… [Read More]
According to proponents of the theory of the "rise of the creative class," creative capital is intrinsic to future economic development. The notion of creative capital suggests that human intellectual capital, versus other types of value, has grown in importance and this will drive economic momentum in the near and far future. Cities, regions, and nations which attract creative people with the three Ts of economic development (technology, talent and tolerance) will prosper while those who do not will lag behind. This theory has proven to be controversial, however, not the least of which is the challenge of defining tolerance. Although tolerance is sometimes defined by population diversity, this is not always the case -- in fact, diversity in some instances is associated with growing intolerance and even violence (Wimark 2012: 48). Measuring diversity also does not give sufficient acknowledgement to the phenomenon of ghettoization.
According to studies…… [Read More]
The message stays with us because the music and lyrics are memorable. Precious provides images that we can carry in our minds. Unlike text, where we must use our imagination to create pictures of characters and scenes, film does that for us. Anyone who has seen Precious surely finds it difficult to forget the images of violence and despair. The Things They Carried is part memoir. Author O'Brien has written other books about Vietnam, but this one is much more personal. It is the work with which most of us can most identify because there are a variety of character types and one is bound to resonate with the reader, reminding him of himself, perhaps, or someone he knows. O'Brien wrote the book in part as self-therapy. He carries the weight of what happened to him and his fellow soldiers in Vietnam.
The Burdens Teachers Carry
As teachers, we carry…… [Read More]
Ehrlich's "About Men"
Looking for Identity
The story is scripted in the first person and is likely to be from a woman's viewpoint. The dominant theme is about Gretel's attempt to undo the stereotypes hanging over male ranchers. She is an authority that is eligible to share her experiences because she has lived with male ranchers in Wyoming. She makes a valid attempt to paint a clearer picture that there is a lot more about ranching than the rough and tough impression that the world thinks about them. She highlights the fact that ranchers have their soft and caring side. For instance, she refers to one of the episodes in which she compares their strength to a form of disguised softness while their toughness is compared to a rare delicacy. Her position in view of the nature and character of ranchers is rather paradoxical. Although she knows a lot about…… [Read More]
Nursing Theories Practices
Sister Callista oy initiated the Adaptation Model of Nursing in 1976. The theory has since then evolved to be one of the prominent nursing theories. The nursing theory defines and explains the nursing care provisions. The model by oy sees an individual as a composite of systems with an interrelationship (including biological, social, and psychological). According to Haaf (2008), a person strives towards retaining a balance across the systems and the outside world, although absolute balance levels do not exist. Individuals work towards living in unique bands that they can adequately cope. The model has four major concepts of environment, person, nursing, and health and its application has six steps.
According to Kraszeski & McEwen (2010), a person is a representation of societal standards, principles, or focus. oy's model positions the individual as the bio-psychosocial being throughout a continually changing environment. The person allows for…… [Read More]
Adults, especially seniors need a place where they can learn new things and express themselves. Sometimes seniors go to a senior community arts program where they learn to paint and create things for themselves and for their loved ones. Art theory in the field of physical therapy is a very helpful and useful way of integrating varied learning and complex tasks all while promoting growth and renewal. For anything to flourish, especially a program like a senior community arts program, it needs to integrate lessons and objectives that promote the growth and learning of its participants.
Therefore, it is important to understand and analyze prior and current research that not only offers a different perspective, but also assures the teacher that what they are instructing has been proven to succeed and assists the people learning, to achieve certain pre-planned objectives. This paper is a literature review of six scholarly research…… [Read More]
A full box of small finishing nails was accidentally spilt on the floor of a retail toy establishment, behind the counter where the cash registers were located. Softly clinging to the carpet and embedded in the hols and grooves of a rubber mat that was lying on the floor, the nails were quite difficult to pick up and the task looked like it would be quite time consuming, and with the store about to open time wasn't something there was a lot of. This is where critical thinking came into play: rather than simply dealing with the issue in the first way that came to mind -- i.e. laboriously picking up each individual nail, needing to pick some out of small spaces with some sort of tweezers -- this author recalled the large magnets sold as novelties at the other end of the store. One slow pass of the magnet…… [Read More]
70s, I think I will be a wise person, who still loves life. The things I love and the way I approach the world might be different, however. I enjoy the experience of learning things and acquiring knowledge, so I think that by my 70s I will have acquired substantial amounts of knowledge. Knowing me, I will use that wisdom to be one of those opinionated old people who wants to impart my knowledge and insight to make the world a better place. By that point I will have had a number of amazing life experiences. I will have probably received a high level of education and had some amazing life experiences like floating down the Amazon or seeing the pyramids. I will have continued to learn and this will bring me a lot of knowledge that I can use to be better person, and offer insight and wise advice…… [Read More]
About two weeks ago, there came a time when a friend, Emmanuel, asked for help to answer some interview questions which they had been requested to answer. The first question was on the reason why they had chosen a career in customer development as opposed to other business functions. The second question was on what their contribution would be to the company and the last question asked them to give a recommendation to the company based on their interaction with the company. In order to answer these questions, it was common knowledge that we needed to be creative in answering the questions in order to set them apart from the rest of the candidates undertaking the same interview. It therefore required a broad mindset in order to think outside the box so as to captivate the interviewers and show that Emmanuel was a better candidate for the position.…… [Read More]
Portfolio: Patients who express suicidal ideation should always be taken seriously. I have read that the greatest risk factor for suicide in previous attempts. Sometimes suicide can be considered a cry for help, and everyone who expresses some time of suicidal ideation deserves evaluation.
The form of psychotherapy I find the most appealing is the cognitive behavioral approach. It appeals to me since the focus if reparative and based on a desire to change one's behaviors which contribute to the problem which prompted therapy in the first place. Patients who engage in cognitive behavioral therapy require a certain degree of insight into how their behaviors contribute to their own emotions or feelings. The interaction of mind and body can be especially telling; many psychological disorders have physical manifestations and conversely, many chronic medical problems can also manifest emotional symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy allows the individual to recognize patterns…… [Read More]
SPRINGTIME think spring is my favorite season because the cold and gray of winter is ending, and everything turns green and new. I love how the buds on the trees pop out, and the springtime bulbs show their faces to the sun. The colorful daffodils and tulips remind me of sunny days and happy times - spring leads into summer, and summertime is the time for fun and friends. The colors of spring are so fresh and clean, they look brand new, and they are. They haven't had time to get dirty from the grime and grit of the city, they are clean, just like I wish my house was....no spring cleaning for me, I'd rather enjoy the buds and blooms!
A wonder who invented spring-cleaning, anyway? Spring is certainly a time of new beginnings, but who wants to clean when the weather is finally nice, and warm enough to…… [Read More]
if, as Halmos suggests, math is a creative art then math must also be the handmaid of science.
Describing mathematics as a creative art helps students of math better understand the true roles of the mathematician. Numbers, while in many ways central to the art of math, do not comprise the whole lexicon of mathology. Mathematics does stem from "sheer pure intellectual curiosity," enabling students to perceive the world through new eyes (p. 379). Teaching mathematics can therefore be like teaching art. Some pupils will exhibit innate, almost supernatural talents and abilities and others struggle with the language and media unique to each subject.
Because mathematics integrates seamlessly with daily life, however, teachers can easily point out the ways mathematics underlies reality. Teaching mathematics from a multifaceted and creative perspective can enhance student learning, retention, and interest in one of the most…… [Read More]
Critical Thinking Action Project
The fact that Manager Michael Lee Ray is in trouble "yet again" for an inappropriate interaction with the Tokyo office is a reminder that ExtraVert has not addressed its most serious problem. An observer can presuppose that Ray is intellectually or morally deficient -- but on the other hand, an observer doesn't know that but it is unlikely that a global organization would place a social outcast in a position of authority. who lacks cultural intelligence. How many times is corporate management for ExtraVert going to allow this problem to exist and fester like an open wound that hasn't been cleaned or disinfected?
First of all, the proper name of the employee in Tokyo should always be used, so "Hey Itchy" is a sign of ignorance of the cultural realities in Japan. "Too much sake…" is a bigoted and insensitive phrase that shows a lack of…… [Read More]
Computers think final
Can Computers Think
Like the debate for and against marijuana, the computer is also a subject of discussion among people. Man has not yet settled if computer can actually think or not. The computers have a brain that has memory but it is until now under discussion whether this brain helps in keeping and processing information alone or does it also help in decision making process. The process of thinking may be defined as method by which an entity considers and create ideas based on opinions and reasoning. While some think that the computers can not only think but also tell right from wrong, there are others that believe that role of computers is only to make choice between available options. The "cannot think" opinion holders argue that a computer is useless without the operating system and programs designed by the programmers and coders (O'Regan, 2012). The…… [Read More]
This was very useful to me later in life, when I was trying to learn how to solve mathematical word problems. Many students who had just learned to manipulate numbers on the page had no idea what pluses and minus signs had to do with adding or subtracting apples from oranges. Only by actively imagining yourself in a store, and going through the physical processes of purchasing and figuring out change do mathematical concepts become real to a young child.
This hands-on approach has also been useful for me in the study of science. I always enjoyed labs because they allowed me to put the abstract equations on the chalkboard into practice. It can be hard to understand what a chemical equation means unless you see what the chemical process resembles in the real world. Even something simple, like the fact that molecules in a solid are farther apart than…… [Read More]
preferences: 1) Introversion-Extroversion; 2) Intuition-Sensation; 3) Thinking-Feeling; 4) Judging-Perceiving
Introversion is the quality of being focused on one's inner world. Extraversion is the quality of being more interested in what is going on outside of oneself. Introverts tend to be more analytical and thoughtful in nature, and less prone to going to parties. Extraverts prefer parties to being alone, and like talking and being around others as much as possible.
Intuition refers to gut instinct. Someone who prefers intuition usually demonstrates the tendency to rely on gut instincts or dreamy perceptions rather than on logic when making decisions. A sensation-oriented person needs hard evidence gathered from their physical senses. An intuitive will say, "I have a good feeling about this person, I will date them." A sensation-driven person will say, "I like her hair, I think I will ask her out."
All persons think and feel. However, the preference for…… [Read More]
One would not think that dean of a business school could learn anything of major importance from the principal of an elementary school, but that is exactly what happened to oger Martin, Dean of the otman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Martin made a connection between the way the principal at his son's school approached her job and the "approach taken by the managing partner of a successful international law firm in town." (Wallace, 2010) The method involved the use of "critical thinking," or the ability to deal with ever-changing situations in ways that are creative and innovative. Martin realized that critical thinking was an important aspect of success in business and set to implementing elements of it in his graduate program.
Ever since the late 1950's the curriculum that dominated the nation's business schools "has involved separate disciplines like finance, marketing and strategy, with an…… [Read More]
This is circular logic that appears to dehumanize our freedom and minimalize our existence. The atomization of the responsible self is unimaginative and restrictive, I'll choose something else to listen to if I have a choice.
Work itself is exploitative in nature. Only when a person can work for himself or herself can exploitation be limited to being self-imposed. Labor and work do not belong to anyone, they are mere expressions of idea, to claim them as a tangible thing is confusing and appears to have a disingenuous motive.
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and even though there are characeristics of a perfect market such as large amounts of buyers and sellers and a shared responsibility, there is undoubtedly some flaw within the system. Perfect markets would require no exchange of money, only ideas as money itself is a market within itself causing…… [Read More]
Critical Thinking Questions Based on "Rereading America"
Michael Moore's uniquely facetious style of political commentary is on great display in his "Idiot Nation" essay. Inflammatory rhetoric aside, it is not so much Moore's intention to argue that we are a nation of unintelligent people so much as that we are gutting our educational standards to the risk of our collective intelligence. In other words, his essay is more directly about the failure from the top down to provide the proper economic and political support for our schools, our teachers and our students. This is depriving us of the educational quality enjoyed in more progressive nations.
Though Moore's argument is limited by his decidedly one-dimensional political orientation, I find myself in strong agreement with his basic premise. That is, if we fail to provide the proper material and philosophical backing for our schools, we will intend hand America's future…… [Read More]
Practice & Critical Thinking
Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace
Many people are familiar with bullying in schools and other places where children and young adults spend time, but workplaces are becoming increasingly toxic places where bullies feel they can harass and intimidate other workers (Barnes, 2012). Now that bullying problems have begun to take place in the workplace so frequently, the issue is coming to light and more must be done about it. A recent bullying situation took place at my workplace, but I was not the one being bullied. Unfortunately, the person on the receiving end of the bullying is not good at standing up for herself, so she gets bullied quite a bit. She is overweight, which contributes to the jokes and giggles that happen around her. She is a very kind and generous person, though, and it is a shame the other workers fail to see…… [Read More]
What follows in this brief report is a review and reaction to a New York Times article about child development. While great strides have been made when it comes to knowing about child development and how to positively move it along, there are still new theories and ideas every day on how to react to setbacks and how to make the child development process even more advanced and positive for the child as they grow and learn for the first time. The article was indeed very intriguing and for a number of reasons that will all be described in this essay. While it is indeed possible to over-coddle and over-fixate on what is good or bad for a child, best practices and habits are what they are based on the current body of knowledge that exists.
The article chosen for this review and analysis was authored by…… [Read More]
The best place to start, then, is with the creative, skilled professionals, who many need this sort of environment. In addition, it will be important to manage the relationship between creative, skilled professionals and other workers, as it may seem that these workers are being extended privileges that do not apply to other workers.
In addition, managing creative, skilled professionals may pose problems as they may see their work as independent from the company itself. For instance, they may be reluctant to take criticism or recommendations because they feel close to their own work. They may have trouble implementing the decisions made by higher-level management, as they may feel their innovations are superior. In this circumstance, it will be crucial to remind the creative, skilled professional of his or her vital role in helping the company move forward.… [Read More]
In point of fact, the article did not even provide enough information concerning whether control had really been lost, or if the new headstone fad was just that; a fad. The article was successful in providing information that a trend seems to be developing for the more eccentric individuals in society, and that trend is to be more creative in death than what has been acceptable in the past, but the article does not answer the implied question 'will this lead to a mass movement in tombstone creativity?' Or if the trend will continue to be confined to the relatively small portion of the dying public that it now concerns?
At one point in the article one of the interviewees told the story of how a widow called him to have a headstone hauled away a few days after the deceased had been laid to rest. The interviewee said, "I…… [Read More]
strong, intelligent person, creative, and generally at ease with the world. I see the world as inherently good, and want to contribute to it in any positive way that I can. My creativity and intelligence are strengths. If there is a weakness it is probably with respect to discipline. It is that lack of discipline that, ideally, I would like ot change. I think I can do better, work harder and show more than I have to this point, but it is up to me to have that focus and not allow myself to get sidetracked. When I follow my heart and passion, without self-censorship, that is when I am at my best and I want to be that person more often.
I have strongly held views about right and wrong, and these views are among the most important that I have. What flows from this, logically, is that rules…… [Read More]
He hypothesized that certain parts within the brain could map with certain areas of cognitive functioning, such as social, cognitive, or creative functions. To prove this, Gardner cites cases of brain damage that leads to the loss of some, but not all, cognitive functions. On this basis, one could also say that pearman's test findings, while all located in the brain, relate to different parts of the brain and nervous system rather than a single location, as originally assumed.
Comparisons between the two models include the fact that both theorists believe that intelligence relates to more than one human function. pearman for example used a variety of different tasks to test intelligence, as does the IQ test he uses to base his assumptions on. Gardner agrees with pearman on the fact that intelligence does indeed relate to different tasks, but simply adds more to the already existing ones in order…… [Read More]
My product is a creative, critical individual with a strong educational background and a hard work ethic. There are a lot of people who have one or two of these traits, but I feel that my combination of these traits is something that sets me apart. If I am a product, then I am a premium product. My price and positioning will probably reflect that. There are still better products on the market, of that I don't doubt, but I have many different traits, each one of which would be attractive to an employer, and when combined these can be exceptionally powerful.
Selling the product is an important issue. As with any product, the key is to try to sell the product where it will fetch the highest price and have the highest demand. In this instance, there is only one unit, so we are not doing volume sales.…… [Read More]
Personally, a critical thinker will be able to evaluate the world in which they live and make conscious choices about what will be most beneficial to their own life and the lives of those around them. They will be able to be an actively engaged citizen able to understand public policies that will impact their life and do something about it if they disagree. They will be able to enrich their mind through reading and study and have the tools to interpret information on their own. Critical thinkers can have more fulfilling conversations when they know how to incite thoughtfulness in others.
Professionally, a critical thinker will be more of an asset in the business world than someone who is not able to think critically. They will be able to work more independently and be able to come up with more creative ideas. A critical thinker will be able to…… [Read More]
Critical thinking to me is a useful tool because it allows someone to deduce and interpret scenarios and the world around them. So much relies on making the right choices. From going to a good school to picking a worthwhile major, to who to marry. Everything happens in accordance to how one reacts and does things.
Critical thinking enables a more effective thought process. It promotes asking questions and a desire to see the "whole picture." If one does not try to see things from a varied perspective, one misses what the actual meaning behind something is since subjectivity differs from reality. Various authors like Bedau and Barnet, Chaffee, McMahon and Stout, and Facione will highlight what critical thinking is to them and how one may apply critical thinking to their own contemplations and writing. I define critical thinking as a means of connecting and interpreting thoughts and concepts.
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The intellectual standards of critical thinking
Critical thinking is described as the ability of an individual to think in a rational and clear manner with the aim of improving the quality of the reasoning process (Moore, 2007). It requires mastery of the application of different intellectual standards to elements of reasoning in various scenarios or problems. Although there are many applicable intellectual standards, some of the most important are: clarity or understandability of points, accuracy of information, how exact or precise the details are, relevance of a specified subject or even topic area, the depth in handling complex issues, the breadth of the train of thought, the logic and sense behind a thought, and the fairness or biasness of the thinker in regard to an issue (Moore, 2007).
The benefits of critical thinking
Critical thinking enables an individual to solve problems in a systematic way in any area of…… [Read More]
Wicked Problems in Design Thinking" focuses on the process of and concepts behind design, and how these have changed over the centuries of human intellectual history. Whereas, at first, the concept was subject to categorization within a specific subject field, the author argues that this can no longer be the case. Indeed, since the start of the 20th century, there has been a shift away from compartementalized subject fields towards a greater understanding of design as integrated with other fields of thought. Indeed, the author argues for design as a "liberal art."
Furthermore, Buchanan argues that the refinement and expansion of knowledge cannot extend its usefulness beyond the library or laboratory without an integration of sets of knowledge via communication. Often, the design process, by its nature as an integrative discipline, is one of the ways in which such usefulness can be achieved.
"…knowledge is achieved by a new kind…… [Read More]
Creative Problem Solving & Learning
Elements of Creativity
Application of Creative Problem Solving in eal-World Situations
Creative Problem Solving as a Tool to Improve Learning
Since problems happen every day and often in new forms and faces, creative problem solving is of primary importance (Trilling & Fadel, 2009). Convergent and divergent thinking are used in creative problem solving solutions. Structure, casual reasoning and systems knowledge are also involved in the creative problem solving (Jonassen, 2004). This has been a subject of research for more than 60 years now. Creative problem solving was first mentioned and studied by Alex Osborn after he identified seven steps in process. These steps involved orientation, preparation, analysis, hypothesis, incubation, synthesis, and verification.
The concept for creative thinking and problem solving is also applied to learning, especially for children. There have been several researches where creative problem solving has been applied in education contexts and tests…… [Read More]